The SEC, ensuring a ship has the correct safety equipment
What does the Cargo Ship Safety equipment Certificate cover?
- Fire safety systems
- Life saving appliances
- Navigational equipment
- Pilot embarkation arrangements
- Nautical publications
- Lights and shapes
- Sound signals
- Distress signals
Why is it required?
SOLAS chapter Regulation 8 – Surveys of Life-Saving Appliances and other Equipment of Cargo Ships.
Which ships require the certificate?
Cargo ships of 500 gross tons or more on international voyages.
What does the certificate signify?
- That the ship has been surveyed in accordance with the requirements of regulation I/8 of SOLAS
- The ship complied with the requirements of the Convention as regards fire safety systems and appliances and fire control plans
- The life-saving appliances and the equipment of the lifeboats, liferafts and rescue boats were provided in accordance with the requirements of the Convention
- The ship was provided with a line-throwing appliance and radio installations used in lifesaving appliances in accordance with the requirements of the Convention
- The ship complied with the requirements of the Convention as regards shipborne navigational equipment, means of embarkation for pilots and nautical publications
- The ship was provided with lights, shapes and means of making sound signals and distress signals in accordance with the requirements of the Convention and the International Regulations for Preventing Collisions at Sea in force
- The ship complied in all other respects the ship complied with the relevant requirements of the Convention
What details are found on the certificate?
Particulars of the ship
- Name of ship
- Distinctive number or letters
- Port of registry
- Gross tonnage
- Deadweight of ship (metric tons)
- Length of ship
- IMO Number
Type of ship
- Bulk carrier
- Oil tanker
- Chemical tanker
- Gas carrier
- Cargo ship other than any of the above
- Date of building contract
- Date on which keel was laid or ship was at similar stage of construction
- Date of delivery
- Date on which work for a conversion or an alteration or modification of a major character
- was commenced (where applicable)
Dates of inspections and survey
- Date of survey
- Dates of last two inspections of the outside of the ship’s bottom
- Endorsement for annual and intermediate surveys
- Endorsement for inspections of the outside of the ship’s bottom
What additional document is held with the certificate?
A record of equipment. This lists the number of LSA items carried, and is a useful document for preparing for survey.
What surveys are required to maintain the certificate?
- An initial survey before the ship is put into service
- A renewal survey-Maximum of 5 years
- An intermediate survey- within three months before or after the second or third anniversary date of a Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate
- An annual survey- within three months before or after each anniversary date of the ship’s Cargo Ship Safety Construction Certificate
- Inspections of the ship’s bottom- two inspections of the ship’s bottom to take place out of the water within any five year period, and at intervals not exceeding 36 months.
A good reference is the UK’s MSN 1751 Harmonised System of Survey and Certification (HSSC)
What equipment is covered in a survey?
- Lifeboats, davits and winches
- Inflatable boats
- Rescue boats
- Immersion suits and TPAs
- Rockets and signals
- Hand held VHFs
- Signal lantern
- Echo sounder
- Gyro compass
- Magnetic compass
- Sound signals
- Navigational lights
- Fire control plans
- Fire extinguishers
- Fixed fire systems
- IG systems
- Fireman’s outfits
- Fire detection and alarm system
- Emergency controls
- Emergency power supply
- Stability data
- Pilot ladder